- Breaking News Staff Palm Beach Post
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.: After 10 visits to Palm Beach, the mood along the 2-mile motorcade route between Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach International Airport has changed.
During Trump’s early visits, protestors outnumbered supporters. They staged marches, carried signs and chanted.
Today, there were no protestors in front of Publix, a once-popular location for protests. Instead, a couple dozens supporters waited quietly along the side of the road.
West Palm Beach native Virginia Harvey, 86, stood along Southern Boulevard, near where she stood decades ago to watch the motorcade of President John F. Kennedy.
“He rode in a convertible with the top down,” Harvey recalled.
Harvey said she has watched all but one of Trump’s motorcades. She skipped one late-night arrival. She said she would keep coming back “as long as I like the president.”
Ken and Steffanie Dolch, transplants from Ohio, had watched several of Trump’s motorcades last year. They, too, said it is still a thrill.
“It is a sight to see,” Ken said. “You never see anything like this in Ohio.”
UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: President Trump’s motorcade has left Mar-a-Lago and is heading to Palm Beach International Airport.
According to the White House press pool, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are traveling back to Washington D.C., with the president on Air Force One.
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and their children are also traveling with the president.
Update 2 p.m.: Finished with golfing, Donald Trump and his motorcade are leaving Trump International Golf Club, according to staff writer George Bennett, our pool reporter for the day.
It was Trump’s 91st day at a golf club as president.
He is scheduled to fly out of Palm Beach International Airport today around 4 p.m. to head back to the White House.
9:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump began the last day of his holiday stay in Florida doing one of his favorite things: golfing.
He arrived at Trump International Golf Club around 8:50 a.m. His partners this morning are the Funks — PGA Champions Tour Player Fred Funk and his son Taylor Funk.
Because the president started his day at Mar-a-Lago, the NBC News tracker marks this as his 117th day at a Trump property as president. It is also his 91st day at a golf club as president.
Also from the daily White House press pool report: “Something interesting to note is parked next to Air Force One at the local airport is a private jet emblazoned with the Trump logo. Your pooler will ask for details of the presidents day up until his afternoon return to Washington, and will report back as soon as I know.”
8:45 a.m.: The president tweeted last night about making America great again this new year. Today he started a thread on that tweet talking about Iran and how it’s “time for change.”
He is expected to leave Florida today around 4 p.m. to head back to Washington, D.C.
UPDATE 7:20 a.m.: Trump started New Year’s day by tweeting about Pakistan.
ORIGINAL STORY: After celebrating the holidays in Palm Beach, Donald Trump is heading back to the White House today.
The president and first lady are expected to depart from Palm Beach International Airport at 4:20 p.m., according to the public press pool.
While there has been no word yet on Twitter from Trump, he did wish everyone a happy and healthy new year on Sunday. He said, “2018 will be a great year for America!”
This tweet came before Mar-a-Lago was filled with Trump’s family and guests, who were attending his annual New Year’s Eve Gala. Like previous years, it was a star-studded event.
Before arriving to the gala with his wife and son, Trump had lunch with Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The president wanted to discuss “ongoing hurricane efforts, the need to improve the nation’s aging infrastructure and other matters important to Floridians” with Scott, according to The White House.